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left to avert the fiscal cliff. joining me now from the white house is nbc's correspondent peter alexander. peter, we have a man and his dog roaming around that white house. what can you tell me about the conflicting reports that the president will be meeting with congressional leaders, boehner, mcconnell, reid, and pelosi tomorrow? >> reporter: that's the most festive image we have seen come from washington, d.c., is the president with his cute dog outside the rose garden, but frankly, karen, the political paralysis still exists here right now. there were reports earlier today that you noted coming from the hill, scott brown among others saying the white house was sending up a new proposal. the white house says that's certainly not the case. there were reports the white house was inviting all four congressional leaders here to the white house for a private meeting tomorrow to try to push this thing through to avert the fiscal cliff. the white house says as of this moment there is no meeting scheduled for tomorrow. we sort of remained where we were when the president first arrive
a deal on the fiscal cliff. however, chief white house correspondent ed henry tells us that washington may have to set with a backup plan to the backup plan. >> christmas tradition for president obama. he and first lady michelle obama saying thanks at the marine corps base hawaii. >> so many of you make sacrifices day in and day out on behalf of the freedom and behalf of the security. >> now the president is giving up some vacation time rushing back to washington aboard air force one late tonight to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. after that red eye, the president will no doubt need coffee. starbucks decided to get political in the washington, d.c., shops, by having employees write come together on cups. ceo howard schultz writing in open letter, "my hope is the simple message will serve as holiday reminder from starbuck of the spirit that bridgeed differences and we have the power to come together and make a difference in every season of the year." the president and speaker john boehner have not spoken in nearly a week. when the house republicans convene conference call today, all
to the hill by president obama to senate republicans to avert the fiscal cliff. and nbc's white house correspondent peter alexander joins me now. republicans saying, oh, the president is having a deal. the president is saying no. harry reid is saying no. what do we know? >> i guess we know very little. we know this isn't going to be litigated in the mead ra. but the white house wants to make it very clear that there is no new proposal on the way to its hill today despite the comments from senator scott brown and others today, a senior administration telling me a short time ago, and i quote, there is no proposal being sent up today. i think that does it pretty emphatically. that was the language that came from harry reid just a short time ago. the president is here. we have reached out to aides, as well. they say they have no information that he will be speaking publicly today. we also know as you see him arriving only a matter of hours ago that the vice president, joe biden, has been meeting in the white house, as well. but at this point, that's where things stand with barely 100 hour
morning. >> good morning, duarte. yes. hopes for legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff now turns to the senate, but white house and republicans remain far apart. senators and staffers will be filling these empty hallways today trying to work out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. higher taxes will give the average american about $1,500 less to spend next year, and economists believe the $110 billion spending cuts will result in more layoffs. senator harry reid has a plan to keep taxes low for everyone making less than $250,000 a year as well as short-term spending cuts until a bigger deal can be reached. >> it is going to be a patch because in four days we can't solve everything. >> while senators try to brave the bad weather in many parts of the country in order to make it back here to washington, house leaders say they will not leave home unless the senate passes its bill first. house republicans scuttled a proposal from speaker john boehner last week, and 48% of americans say they are to blame if no deal is reached. >> both sides here have a problem with the american people, an
vacation to get back to the white house for possible last minute fiscal cliff talks leaving his wife and daughters in hawaii. the vice president is scheduled to be here today for meetings. don't forget the obama administration and congress have the debt ceiling hanging over them. the u.s. set to hit the borrowing limit of over $16 trillion by the end of the year. there's a lot going on at 2012 winds down. in congress, the senate is in session, the house is not. it's the first time either chamber has been in session for business between christmas and new year's since 1970. >> trace: so they're coming back to work. the president probably wished he stayed in hawaii because not much has changed. >> both sides are waiting for the other to make the first move. senate republicans are ready to look over a plan the democrats put forth but they say there's no plan. this morning the top senate democrat, harry reid, chided the top house republican, john boehner, nor not calling the house legislators back into zes speaker boehner should call them back today. he shouldn't have let them go in fact.
. >>> now, to the fiscal cliff. still looming large as president obama returns to the white house this morning. the president cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to get back to washington. congress will be in session today, amidst fading hope that a deal could be reached by the new year. no agreement would mean spending cuts and historic tax hikes for virtually every american. >>> officials in newtown have a message for people who want to send gifts to the grief-stricken town. please don't. they say gifts have arrived in such numbers, they overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them. a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to $3.5 million. >>> meanwhile, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts across utah. they have volunteered for the concealed weapons training. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers attended the training. they're expecting an overflow crowd because of this month's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> west webster volu
one more attempt to work out a deal to overt the so-called fiscal cliff. in unison, his pals in the news media repeated this white house talking point. >> president obama cutting short his vacation in hawaii, heading back now to washington. that will happen tonight to work on the fiscal cliff deal. >> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. >> president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. >> laura: so we should believe that by leaving his island enclave that the president was making some big sacrifice for the country? i'm thinking washington, crossing the delaware on a bitter christmas night 1776 before going on to defeat the british in two major battles, that's sacrifice. i, for one, never understood how in good conscious any of these politicians would think about leaving town with so much riding on this cliff hanger? shouldn't they get their work done before they leave town for a break? that's what's expected for mo
that the government could per happen goes of that fiscal cliff. now, just five days until everyone's taxes go up in this country, how much for the average american family? here's our chief white house correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: president obama cut short his hawaii vacation, running back to washington, where storm clouds, real storm clouds, are gathering over the capitol. instead of deal making, it's name calling. the top democrat in the senate, accusing the republican speaker of the house of running a dictatorship. they say they haven't given up, but it sure sounds that way. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> here we are, once again, at the end of the year, staring at a crisis we should have dealt with literally months ago. >> reporter: vice president biden made a rare appearance in the senate, not to negotiate -- >> i do. >> congratulations, senator. >> reporter: but to swear in a new democratic senator from hawaii. a vote the white house will need if the senate ever gets around to voting on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. in the house, even less going on. t
policy sales because of uncertainty over the fiscal cliff. president obama has cut short his vacation to help reduce the national debt. budget cuts and tax rises will start on january 1. the white house has called on republicans not to block a resolution in congress. severe weather has caused hundreds of holiday flight delays with its sweeping storm system moving east after tornadoes struck for states on christmas day. at least six people have died. >> dallas, texas, where snow is a rarity came as a christmas surprise. it turned white and the motorists struggled with slippery roads. 21 cars and fractured trailers, and eastern ohio, kentucky, and indiana. along with wind gusts of 50 kilometers an hour. the unusual winter phenomenon hit for seven states, 34 tornadoes. this one touchdown in mobile, alabama. it overturned cars and blew out windows. >> it is like this crazy wind, just the whole building is shaking. >> a caused no fatalities, but a thunderstorm fell this tree, killing a driver of this truck. and if no border was buried by an avalanche. the storm system shifts to the eastern
days until we fall off that fiscal cliff. the president is cutting his vacation short to return to the white house and try to hammer out a deal. but what will actually happen if we do go over the cliff? doug luzader is live for us with the details. >> it is not going to be pretty. on board air force one heading back to washington from a hawaii after cutting christmas short. can a cup of coffee help as far as christmas is concerned. starbucks is hoping. if you go into a starbucks you will get a message written on your coffee that says come together. this is a company trying to tell the president and lawmakers here they need to come up with some kind of agreement before they go over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. the senate will be meeting today. this is the first time we have seen legislative business conducted in the weeks between christmas and new years since 1970. the house come back as well but nothing yet. the other thing to consider here the two key players in all of this president obama and republican house speaker john boehner. as far as we know the two of them
and raises the stakes for the fiscal cliff end game because the white house had wanted a debt ceiling deal as part of the overall deal here on the fiscal cliff. republicans have been resisting that by announcing the debt ceiling limit will be held on monday, ratchets up the pressure to include the debt ceiling piece in the final package, whatever that may be, but still not clear, carl, there is going to be a final package of any kind. one quick note, we saw the realism. pact in the real world of the debt situation. treasury announcing yesterday it has suspended the sale of state and local government securities, government series securities. so already, they are doing some maneuvering here financially to try to avoid that debtly limit. the treasury secretary says he doesn't know how much wiggle room they are going to have, given that all the fiscal cliff uncertainty is out there. >> eamon, on this idea that the house members get called back with 48 hours' notice. traders are looking for that headline if it happens almost that bleed out there or procedural moment where that is announced, so
leaders holding a conference call earlier today on the fiscal cliff, but so far they have not yet called on lawmakers to return to capitol hill. but they have said they will give a 48 hour warning if they plan to do that the white house saying the president is cutting his holiday vacation in hawaii short to return to d.c. to work on a deal to try to stop those automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts from kicking in on january 1st. and if they don't reach a deal before then, many economists say we will dip back into a recession. i had henly house republican leaders didn't have a lot of new information for their lawmakers. they would have 48 hour notice if they are needed to pray back to washington from various districts around the country. that tells us they are being noncommittal at this point because they frankly do not know whether or not there will be a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. now, after that conference call. the house speaker john boehner, his number two eric cantor the majority leader put out a statement putting the onus on president obama and for the reason why there has
vacation short to try to cut a deal as that fiscal cliff nears. now just six days until higher taxes for all americans. and tonight, a white house official is placing the burden of not getting a deal on leaders of congress. one official saying the hits from our economy are not coming from outside factors, they're coming from congressional stupidity. some members of congress do return tomorrow. these comments come just as barbara walters prepares for her "nightline" special tonight. her sitdown at the white house with the president and the first lady. and tonight here, some rare personal questions answered about their own relationship and their girls. one of whom just got her first cell phone. >> reporter: i want to talk a bit about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it? and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter, at this age, i give her a long rope. you know, and there is monitoring, because we have rules, but monitoring may be, you never know when i'm going t
is back to work trying to harsh out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate will get back from the session after holiday break. the president is expected to arrive back to the white house without his family to get back to twork mework to meet the loo deadline. mike is at the white house. let's start with you. the consensus around the hill is that we are more likely than not to go over the fiscal cliff, but there is a small chance harry reid could take a house pass bill and amend it and send it back over to the house. what are you hear being that? >> conceivably, but when the president lights upon the south lawn and the marine one later this morning, it's unclear why he is coming back and who will be here with him. as you mentioned, speaker boehner remains in ohio where he is from. he is not coming back to washington. neither is the house of representatives. they simply said it's up to harry reid in the senate. is he preparing a bill? there was a lot of talk of small ball. a bill to allow taxes to go up on everybody or at least couples that make more than $250,000 a year. $200,0
with the latest storm track. >>> heading home. as we near that fiscal cliff, six days now until higher taxes for all. will there be a deal? also tonight, an abc news exclusive. barbara walters at the white house. asking michelle obama if she'll run for office next. and a personal question, too. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> hmm. that's a good question. >>> made in america.
, had to be in washington in time to deal with the looming fiscal cliff just five days away. jessica yellen waiting for him at the white house. great to see you. what can the president do at this point, i guess, is the big question. and are aids still hopeful for a deal before january 1st? >> taking your second question first, hopefully, yes. confident, i would say that's going too far. at the white house they are frowning about what they consider recalls trance on willing to compromise. what can the president do, he can con joel all sides closer to some sort of agreement. from the democrats perspective what they think needs to be done is to get senate leader mcconnell to agree not to filibuster any action in the senate and then get speaker boehner to agree to put a bill forward on the house floor for a vote. if those two pieces happen, then they feel like there could be something done before new year's. so it's sort of con joeling mitch mcconnell to agree to those actions on those parts. if the president can get that done, we don't have much time left for the rest of the pieces to f
. we acted to put off the fiscal cliff several months ago with a bill that without objection tend all of those bush tax rates into the future and would turn off the sequester by switching defense cuts over to domestic programs. democrats, of course have no intention of doing that. especially after president obama won the election. senate democratic leadership aide tells me that will remains a 50/50 chance we will get a mini deal temporary extension of tax cuts under $250,000 before the january 1 deadline when we would go over the cliff. will are no assurances of that. a white house official told me as president obama prepares to fly back to conduct and participate in the negotiations at the end, there has been no progress over the holiday weekend. michelle, i'm afraid that people who are looking for a deal and looking for a deal by december 31, all hope is not lost. it is not looking good at the moment. >> let's go back to this hitting the debt ceiling on monday. we learned of this because treasury secretary tim good night mother sent a letter to the honorable harry reid majority lead
to tackle the so-called fiscal cliff. he landed about 30 minutes ago. you see him getting off of the air force one. the president shut his vacation short do deal with this economic crisis. according to a tweet from a white house spokesman, the president spoke with all four congressional leaders before leaving hawaii for washington, and the senate is reconvening today. now the automatic spending cuts and the tax increases that make up the fiscal cliff, they're set to take effect in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff level scientist back in 1987. during her tenure as administrator she tackled pollution problems in poor community communities.
to stay off the roads this morning. >> 95 in the white marsh area looks pretty good. some problems that the bay bridge. >> 2013 will usher in some new laws. >> lawmakers returning today to tackle the fiscal cliff are being faced with another deadline. >> sprinkles overnight are moving off to the east but t >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am sarah caldwell. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> the wind is increasing behind the storm. all the melting snow has the roads completely wet. imagine if we were at the freezing mark. we are lucky the temperatures are above freezing. we are close to the freezing mark at sykesville. downtown, 41. we expect the temperatures to hold steady throughout the day. >> that is good news. we noticed more traffic this morning. >> today and tomorrow and next week is new year's. wind warnings are in effect at the bay bridge. prepare for a little bit of extra time. 55 on 295. the entire beltway is up to speed. so
: elizabeth macdonald, it is all yours. >> the latest on the fiscal cliff crisis. why it is taking down the markets and white finding an answer, it always seems to come down to the last minute. the storm hitting the midwest and it is now hitting the northeast. oh canada, out of work americans are heading north to find jobs. top of the hour. time now for stocks. nicole petallides on the floor of the new york stock exchange. nicole: we are down about 72 points. the vix, the fear index, has an up arrow today. commodities are pulling back a little bit. i want to take a look at a name that is on the move. it is deckers. you may not necessarily know that you know what it is all about. you know uggs. it turns out they are quite popular. while that chatter has been around, they will give decker a pop. >> could merge with timberland. we will be back at you in 15 minutes. for the first time in nearly 40 years, between christmas and new year's, it comes as lawmakers continue to scramble to get a fiscal cliff deal done. rich edson has the latest. rich: they are considering legislation here in the s
one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will take deep effect. >> president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. >> with the first of our year enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, struggling economy and voter doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the front runner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against president obama. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. after 50 primary contests, romney clenched the nomination and it was on to the general election. >> it will be a choice between -- >> two very different paths. >> reporter: their battle focused on the economy. >> we can't afford another four years like the last four years. >> we need more tax cu
, allowing the country to edge even closer to this fiscal cliff. as you just heard from mike a second ago, obviously only more tough language between the two sides, this is pretty much what the holidays look lie in washington. >> mike, let's talk about what really matters here, the dance, as we tick out of 2012 and go into to 13, a week from today on january 3rd, the 113th comes in, your prediction is probably a week after that, by the 10th we'll have something. >> reporter: i'm not alone out on this raft, either. as the days go by, it seems more and more likely. it gets back to the threshold question -- are the votes there in the house of representatives? and specifically would any speaker, whether it's john boehner, nancy pelosi or anybody else, allow a bill to pass like this, especially one that violates four republican party doctrine that would raise taxes, would they allow it to -- and the answer to that is probably not. democrats have alleged for week now what john bain ser doing is waiting until the gavel is safely in his hands for the next congress. that happens on january 3rd, wh
back. the optics awoke horrible would be horrible if we go off the fiscal cliff. not just taxes but 2 million people unemployed are about to lose unemployment insurance if there's no deal. the final point is that ias prsing a white hou official a few moments ago. the president's going back tonight. what is on his agenda? what can he do differently that he couldn't do on the phone in hawaii and they're telling us they have nothing on the schedule. they don't know if he's going to bring republican and democratic leaders to the white house. he gets in thursday morning. does he do it thursday afternoon, evening, wait until friday? bottom line is the clock it ticking. every lever the president pulled here hasn't worked yet. >> ed, thank you so much. >>> the president's reported i get that for free comment not sitting well with grover norquist who joins us now. let met on this other thing, they've known a couple days the president would like likely life hawaii and opped into washington, d.c. and save america from the fiscal cliff. how does the president win this optics war, grover? >> well,
. as the negotiations surrounding that looming fiscal cliff come to a fever pitch just before the new year. but this is also a time of tradition and celebration in the nation's capital, and nobody decks the halls like the team at the white house for christmas. christmas is there, has come to mean a special visit every year, not just from santa claus, but from abc's own barbara walters. barbara? >> terry, in what has become one of my favorite holiday traditions for the fourth year, i had the privilege of interviewing the president and mrs. obama at the white house. this interview was taped days before the tragic shooting in connecticut and was postponed until now. it was the first time the couple sat down together since winning re-election. mrs. obama also took me on a personal tour of what is called the people's house. and it's never more true than during the christmas season. after thanksgiving, more than 80 volunteers from nearly 40 states descend on the white house, trimming 54 trees, plus every nook and cranny. first dog bo is the star of the show. there he is inspecting the decoration
's going to happen over the course of several days and can they avert the fiscal cliff? to stick with your metaphor of basketball, if rose were to go the length of the court for fans on one side, left to right, fans on other side, right to left, if he scores it is the same basket but use the metaphor and apply it to the conversation of exactly where these tax cuts could take place if they happened after january 1st. the republicans want to vote to lower taxes. okay? see them go right to left as it were. the democrats want to see them go down and the republicans it appears increasingly clear are not going to vote to change the figure below the $1 million mark that boehner didn't get past the caucus unless they say to their people at home, they voted to lower taxes on all americans. >> peter, that was extraordinary. >> reporter: i tried. >> one of the best on this show. thank you! >> we have also got mike viqueira. mike? a lot of people and myself included believe that the payroll tax cut is the most damaging part of this for the middle class. if we do not extend it $125 billion comes out of
. >>> consumer confidence has fallen because people are so worried about that fiscal cliff. the index has hit the lowest level since august. the concern is over tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect january 1st if the white house and congress can't reach a deal. >> toyota is forecasting sales of nearly ten million vehicles next year and it's expected to reclaim the title of world's largest automaker. the company is on pace to sell 9.7 million this year which would put it ahead of gm. it would also be up 22% from last year when it was unable to meet demand arch its factories and suppliers were hurt by the quake, tsunami and natural disasters. >>> and toyota will reportedly play $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits over car that accelerated unexpectedly. toyota recalled 14 million vehicles around the world. the settlement still needs a judge's approval and toyota faces lawsuits over injuries and deaths the problem. >>> wells fargo doesn't have to pay $203 million to customers after a united states appeals court overturned a decision. the first ruling was ordered at the san f
already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. joining me now from d.c. nbc news white house correspondent peter alexander. peter, there was word the last hour that the president may have sent some sort of deal. the white house then turning around saying that's not true at all. where was the confusion? >> reporter: well, you hear the frosty statements back and forth as you just indicated there, craig. ah, the holidays in washington. a lovely time, isn't it? right now it appears clear if there's conversation going on it is not happening between the primary players but perhaps between their surrogates, senior staff and others, between those on the hill and here at the white house right now but senior white house -- senior administration official told me a short time ago that there is no proposal being sent up to the hill today. harry reid, the senate majority leader, also denied that any such thing was taking place today. both of those denials do also come against the backdrop of the fact both sides acknowledged this is not something they plan to
advocated his role in the fiscal cliff talks. he said it was up to the u.s. senate and the white house to do something. the sad reality is that boehner is leading a dysfunctional caucus with a vocal minority of tea partiers who can hold up the chantses for any deal. today harry reid accused boehner of caring more about his re-election as speaker than getting something done. take a listen. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. john baber seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> what is boehner's game plan? does he even have one? ryan grim is washington bureau chief for "the huffington post" and glenn johnston is politics editor for boston.com. i worked on the hill for years. you cover the hill and know it. that was a very personal shot from harry reid. is it accurate to say, open question, that speaker boehner is worried about staying speaker? >> yes. he's definitely -- i think he's not w
president obama and the first lady, assuming we've all heard plenty about the fiscal cliff, walters wasted little time pivoting to more intimate territory. >> when you look at this picture, what do you think? at what point was it taken? >> i think we were campaigning in iowa. >> so, why were you hugging so hard in iowa? >> because i love my wife. >> well, and also, i hadn't seen him in a while. i mean, you know, when you're campaigning, we're two ships passing in the night, and the first time i saw him was when i walked on stage to greet him, and that's my honey giving me a hug. >> giving you hugs. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> that's a good question. >> you know, we've been married now 20 years. >> mm-hmm. >> and like every marriage, i think you have your ups and you have your downs, but if you work through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepens. >> and then there's a lot of laughter, you know? >> and you're funnier. >> yeah, yeah. >> everybody thinks she's pretty funny. i'm funnier than people think. >> yeah, you are. >> that may be. you may be funnier than p
. savannah. >> thank you. from the winter storm to the political storm over the fiscal cliff, president obama is returning to washington this morning to try and work out a deal. with just five days left now, is there enough time? nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you and most importantly happy birthday to you. the president hopes to bring back sunshine from hawaii, 38 degrees here and 72 in hallelujhonolulu. today, aides on both sides say no new negotiations are scheduled and no evidence of any post christmas compromise. >> reporter: cutting his christmas vacation short, president obama left hawaii overnight for washington trying to orchestrate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff deadline just in the nick of time. if not, the consequences will be severe. more than a half trillion dollars in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, not that lawmakers are necessarily feeling the urgency. congress is at least officially in session today but house members, most still at home haven't even been called back to the capitol. aides on both si
on the fiscal cliff, house speaker john boehner says the people who can prevent us from going over it are not from the white house. i want to read you what is coming into other newsroom in the urgent queue. this is spokesperson from senator mitch mcconnell's office. last night the president called senator mcconnell, the first democrat to do so on the fiscal cliff since thanksgiving and other leaders to talk about the need for the senate to act. the leader is happy to review what the president has in mind but to date the senate democrat majority has not put forward a plan. when they do members on both sides of the aisle will review the legislation and make decisions on how to best proceed, end quote. this is a serious back and forth. let's get some perspective. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live for us in washington. a short time ago, another key lawmaker did not sound very optimistic, mike. >> reporter: harris, you would be right. that would be senate majority leader harry reid. seemed kind of irritated that house republicans and all house members are not here i
was originally admitted into the hospital for a bronchitis like cough. >> we edge closer to the fiscal cliff it will quick end in just five days if congress does not act. there is no sign of compromise between democrats and republicans. president obama has cut his vacation short and is returning to the white house now. without a budget agreement automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered and the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. americans filing unemployment last week as dropped to 350,000. futures are up right now. a letter from treasury secretary tam geithner to congress sent after the bell yesterday may also weigh on the markets. >> the woman accused of killing a grandmother and a drunk driving accident at the twin peaks without has made her first court appearance. 23 year old gina eunice is accused of a hit and run drunken-driving in vehicular manslaughter. the accident occurred three people and killed 56 year old yuee byao who was here visiting her new grandchild from china. the judge set the bail at $2 million. if she posted she m
're going to cut the sizeia and scope of government, perhaps we should go over the fiscal cliff so people understand government spending is out of control and may start to ask the questions being asked at the f round table and kitchen tables ofam every family white christms sales are so low. they're saying how can i make a major purchases in this economye people are cutting back and want government to do the same thing but something else is playing into why you are seeing christmas sales go so low this christmas season. a lot believe if we are going to say happy holidays perhaps those people who say it is any other holiday should support the economy as a result they are not buying the gifts they need to buy. they are talking to their families about a other things tn gifts.e. eric: stay on this a little bit, if we do go over the fiscal cliff, texas will go up. going up for every income level across the board. but down the road, is that the only way we get our fiscal house back in order? >> we're back down to the law, this is only a fe if you shouldy for massive government is unfair to thos
of the white house or capitol hill that a fiscal cliff deal is in sight. patti ann: are there any other meetings set with house republicans? >> reporter: nothing yet, although that can change. we do know that house republican speaker john boehner is still in his home state of ohio. his spokesman says he'll update if there are any travel changes, meaning he'll let us know if the speaker decides to come become to washington for any kind of meetings. house republicans say they passed the stopgap measure extending all existing tax cuts and are pressing the senate to approve it. in a statement yesterday the house g.o.p. leadership said quote the lines of communication remain open and we will continue to work with our colleagues to avert the largest tax hike in american history, and to address the underlying problems which is spending. we just heard from the top senate democrat harley reid respondinharry reid responding to the statement. here is what he said. >> this happy talk that this republican house leadership said yesterday, let him take our bill. mr. president that bill was brought up
concerned about this fiscal cliff and about the expiring items. i did not mention it, but one of the things that we ought to be concerned about is that unemployment insurance for millions of americans expires on december 31, and that will leave millions of families without the assistance that they need because they have been unable to find employment. why no the president is considering what options are -- i know the president is considering what options are available, but i know they are considering options. >> can you give an example of what other options they are considering? >> i do not want to go there because i do not want to preclude the white house from determining which options it wants to fall by mentioning some that i think they are considering. i will wait on that. >> and about options in general? >> fiscal cliff options and things that are expiring. i mentioned the sgr, which is critical. we need to act on that to give doctors confidence that they are going to be reimburse for the medical care they get. >> yesterday geithner said the u.s. will reach the borrowing limit at the e
on the fiscal cliff, but there is no guarantee of success because the parties are still far apart. rebecca and jeff in. >> all right, chip thank you very much. >>> the world's largest coffee chain is sending a message to congress about the fiscal cliff. for the rest of the week, employees in the washington, d.c., area will all write "come together" on starbucks cups instead of consumers' names. in an online letter starbucks ceo howard schultz says the company has responsibility to send a respectful and optimistic message. >>> hawaii lieutenant governor brian schatz was chosen yesterday to succeed senator daniel inouye who died last week. schatz is now flying to washington on air force one with president obama. he could be sworn in as early as today. >>> we may swear to our doctors that we're getting checked for cancer, but a new study finds we're actually dropping the ball. the university of miami study found the general public did not meet any government recommendations for cancer screenings except for colorectal cancer. cancer survivors had higher screening rates
there is no such meeting and from boehner's people that they haven't been invited. welcome to washington. fiscal cliff negotiations as if to signify how america wants the parties to come together. starbucks barristas today are hand signing each of the coffee cup with the words "come together." anything will do at this point. bring in the panel. steve hayes for "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard, associate editor of the hill. sindcated columnist charles krauthammer. a.b., the res tent numbers-cruncher. what do you make of the back and forth today? >> today was about the drama on both sides and blame game and showing they were going to come and call e want to get down to business before december 31, which is monday. we're not, there are no plans. no paperwork. there are conflicting reports about the meeting. it's all kind of depressing. when you poke arp you find out that the house is returning on sunday. but beyond that, nobody knows anything. >> doug: steve? >> yeah. today, nothing happened other than people using warn-out talking points and a lot of misinformation. harry reid is still blaming grover no
number one is avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> unless the president obama and congress can reach a deal by the new year, tax increases and spending cuts will automatically take effect. >> and the clock is ticking. >>> of course, when we look back at this year, president obama's re-election was one of the biggest political stories of the year. all others, you could say, they pealed in comparison. >> with the first of our year-enders, here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: to win a second term, president obama had to overcome a well funded opponent, a struggling economy, and voters' doubts that he had the right agenda to turn the nation around. [ chanting ] >> all: four more years! >> reporter: and after a roller coaster season, he got them. mitt romney may have started off at the frontrunner, but to win the republican nomination, he had to fend off some feisty challengers. >> he's the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> the odds are very high i'm going to be the nominee. >> reporter: and overcome some self-inflicted wounds. >> i like being able to fire pe
year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >> as the nation nears the fiscal cliff in hawaii is lieutenant governor is said to be sworn in to the senate today replacing the late senator daniel inouye. for a year old schatz is a former white democratic party chairman and lawmaker. he was chosen over u.s. rep colleen had help boost the home was suggested shortly before it and always death. >> not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. if that to 50 would be brought up it would pass over. on any given day for the last five or six months since the giant banner could have passed tax cuts and it would pass. he is doing, he has made the decision that he does not won a vote on it. because if he voted on it it would pass. i have sat here mr. president is not too late for this eager to take up the senate-passed bill. that time is winding down. today is thursday, he is going to get 48 hours' notice of the house before they come back. 48 hours from today is saturday. with just that one vote middle-class families would have security that taxes wo
it down. >> well, tomorrow i'm going to be focused on the vices. the fiscal cliff is weighing heavily and we saw that during the release of the consumer sentiment reading last week. that's why we saw the vices pop above 20 today. for a little white. so, in the resecent past, these have been great buying opportunities. i don't see a decision being made for the his calf cliff, i do see a deal made in 30 to 60 days, proving to be a better bullish indicator for
to that bitterness, and have they had any effect whatsoever on the state of negotiations over the fiscal cliff? >> reporter: i haven't detected any, that that really has been sort of a separate issue, if you will, the whole -- you know, if you look at sort of who is the white house sort of warring with when it comes -- it's a different set of republicans. >> yeah. >> reporter: it was mccain, graham. it's not the same people on the cliff front when it came to susan rice. but i think you're right, on that front, this is a case where i don't understand how -- the white house may have made a mistake by not having a second-term transition plan or director. i mean, i think they had somebody that came up with an outline of, okay, this person's leaving. this person's leaving. here you go, mr. president. you've got to make these decisions. but they didn't seem to actually have a strategic plan. of how to roll these nominations out. and i think that's why susan rice took a political hit. it looks like chuck hagel now suddenly -- i mean, when chuck schumer -- how many times did david gregory ask him if h
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to predict how long the delay will last because of all of this ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations making it harder to forecast what revenue and tax spending will be next year. >>> the journal says right here the white house and congressional leaders have shown no signs of progress in the senate or elsewhere. and then, you know, i don't think we've run this bite enough. >> tim geithner told steve liesman. >> i have it ready. >> that he is we should show it multiple times. >> tt is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. there's no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest -- remember, it's only 2%. and all of those americans get a tax cut on the framework of the first $250,000 of their income. >> yeah, yeah, you still get the 250, andrew. they love that. what does oh, absolutely mean, bob? >> maybe it means his favorite movie was "rebel without a cause." >> go the. >> i guess it's letting the other side know you're willing to go eyeball to eyeball with something that is terrible. >> i see both sid
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